The Princess of Wales incorporated an iconic piece of royal jewellery into her Earthshot Prize Awards outfit tonight.
Kate, 40, attended the awards with her husband Prince William, 40, who created the prize.
As part of her eco-friendly outfit, which includes a dress rented from HURR, rather than bought, she recycled a piece of historic jewellery.
The emerald and diamond choker, which matches the green theme of Kate’s outfit, used to belong to her late mother-in-law Princess Diana, who once famously wore the piece as a headband.
Princess Diana wears the famous necklace as a headband during a gala dinner dance at the Southern Cross Hotel on October 31, 1985 in Melbourne (pictured)
She was photographed wearing the necklace around her head during the 1985 tour of Australia she undertook with then-husband, Prince Charles.
The royal donned the unusual headgear while attending a gala dinner dance at the Southern Cross Hotel on October 31, 1985 in Melbourne.
According to reports, the look emerged from a happy accident: the royal tried to pull it on over her head, but couldn’t pull it over her nose, allegedly prompting her to comment: ‘My honker’s too big.’
But Canadian diplomat Victor Chapman, who was present, recommended she wear the piece as it was, describing the look as ‘young and fun, like you’.
Kate Middleton (pictured at tonight’s Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony in Boston) opted to wear the choker in a more traditional way
Diana, Princess of Wales, wore the piece on a number of occasions, opting to wear it as designed at more than one event
Princess Diana did choose to wear the piece on her head, leading to headlines, and the creation of a new trend.
Queen Mary’s emerald and diamond choker was gifted to Queen Mary in 1911 by the Ladies of India.
It was given to Diana by Queen Elizabeth, on lifetime loan, after her wedding to then-Prince Charles.
Tonight, Kate paired the jewellery with a green floor length stretch crepe knit gown hired from rental platform HURR.
The Princess of Wales shows off the ‘pre loved’ choker she wore for the event, pairing the green stones with her green crepe frock
The Princess of Wales donned a hired gown for the awards tonight, rented from HURR London (pictured with Prince William at the Earthshot Prize Awards at Fenway Music Hall in Boston)
The Sabrina frock, by Solace London, costs £74 a night to rent. It is described by HURR as a ‘floor length modern gown featuring an exaggerated neckline’.
It boasts a ‘body conscious fit’, and a concealed closure belt to define the waist, as well as the brand’s signature high kick split.
The royal finished her outfit wearing her glossy long hair loose, and styled into a side parting. Meanwhile, she chose a dramatic make-up look, pairing a fresh base with dark smoky eyes, and a natural lip.
Her outfit was designed to tap into the eco-friendly guidelines provided for guests at the event.
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- Three acres of locally-grown plants will be displayed at the event – and will be donated to community organizations after the gala
- Pots will be ‘wrapped in burlap’ to ensure they are as green as possible
- Guests are encouraged to ‘consider their clothing’ and wear re-used, vintage, or second-hand outfits
- Vegan and cruelty-free makeup is being used
- Any catering provided will be vegetarian or vegan and locally sourced
- Attendees will walk down a ‘green carpet’, which has been re-used from last year’s event – and will recycled after tonight’s gala
- All lighting fixtures will be LED Battery-operated and no gasoline will be used
- Any unavoidable flights have been recorded and the CO2e impacts were calculated and balanced via a ‘book & claim’ scheme using Sustainable Aviation Fuel
- All talent transportation in Boston is electric/hybrid
- Single use plastics have been banned across all elements of the production
Among them, guests were reportedly given eco-friendly advice and rules to follow, with attendees encouraged to ‘consider their clothing’ for the occasion and opt for ensembles that can be re-used, or have already been purchased second-hand.
Travel plans for guests were also given environmental updates: with all transportation being used with Boston being electric or hybrid and any ‘unavoidable’ flights that were taken have been ‘recorded and the CO2e impacts calculated and balanced’.
Upon their arrival at the event, it is thought that guests were treated to a host of ecologically-minded measures, from the plant-focused decor to the vegan and vegetarian-only catering options.
Instead of a red carpet for the stars to walk down, last year’s green carpet is being re-used – and it will be recycled afterwards.
BBC Studios, who are staging the event and won a BAFTA for last year’s show, have flown over just 10 members of staff out of a crew of 150, hiring local firms instead.
No gas lighting will be used with all fixtures being LED battery-operated and charged locally in Massachusetts.
The stars’ hotel is walking distance from the venue and everyone is being encouraged to either use the tram or take a fleet of electrically-powered and hybrid taxis.
Even the make-up being used is largely vegan and certified cruelty-free, while the food being served to stars and crew is plant-based – and there is a ban on single-used plastics.
The entryway and the event itself features over three acres of plants, including New England-grown evergreen and deciduous trees- ‘all native and grown locally,’ according to Earthshot’s new CEO Hannah Jones, formerly Nike’s first chief sustainability officer.
All the flowers have all been grown locally within a 100 mile radius of the MGM Music Hall in Boston. Most are ‘root ball’ plants, wrapped in burlap, to stay as green as possible and will be donated to local community-based organisation after the show.
Earthshot CEO Hannah Jones said: ‘We are an environmental organisation and will assiduously strive to think about our own environmental impact with everything we do.’
‘We are encouraging everyone that is coming to the awards to take the lowest carbon impact option possible. What isn’t will be offset.’